Does the Media Control the Perception of Global Warming?
The general public cannot agree on whether or not global warming is anthropogenic. Scientists have their opinions on global warming and their opinions are based on solid facts. However, I believe that it is the average person’s opinion that matters the most. If you are confused stay with me for a second. The only way that scientists can try to reduce the effects of global warming is by getting money to fund research that will find a solution. Where will this money come from? The average people give the money to support these events. The average person does not have someone updating them hourly on global warming like climate scientists do. However, they do have the news on tv, internet, or radio to decide whether they believe in something.
Unfortunately certain news stations are biased towards a certain opinion. When someone watches a news channel and hears something, then they believe this opinion as well. This is why I think that the media controls the perception of global warming.
A quote from a Regents Earth Science article that I read shows how one man’s opinion on Al Gore could affect everyone who reads his article.
“In my area alone I found one major denier of the facts in media. The Niagara Gazettes managing editor, Dick Lucinski, refuses to accept global warming as a fact. His columns are in the paper on Wednesdays and Sundays, that means two days a week he has an opportunity to brainwash the world with his lies. In Lucinski’s article When The Truth Becomes Inconvenient, he said, I once had a soft spot in my heart for Al Gore. That’s a bold statement because I have little use for politicians who twist the truth to suit their partisan purposes.”
This quote shows that Dick Lucinski does not agree with politicians who try to convince people global warming is real. If he watches Al Gore’s movie and says that nothing in the movie is true, then a person reading his article will watch the movie and think the same. Also, instead of a person forming their own opinion the media is forming it for them when the average person listens to the news. Therefore, the media makes people think global warming is not anthropogenic, if someone says that on the news. An opinion should be something that is formed by a person, not by the media.